The ongoing public health crisis may force changes to the 2021 NYO Games, but it can’t change our NYO spirit! The Games will be going virtual again this year with the statewide Junior Games already underway.
Athletes are coordinating with their coaches, schools, and/or community to compete and strive for their personal best via video submissions to the NYO Games Committee. All events will be performed under strict public-health guidelines according to the CDC and at the discretion of the NYO Committee.
CITC is actively monitoring public health conditions and recommendations prior to finalizing event details regarding the 2021 Senior Games. While the Senior Games will also be a virtual event, the NYO community is exploring options to ensure the experience is safe, engaging, and rewarding for all who participate.
2021 Virtual Junior Games
(students in grades 1 – 6):
As a core tenet of the NYO Games, cross-cultural respect and understanding are pillars for the NYO experience. Any student in good academic standing may participate in the Games and need not be of Alaska Native descent.
Junior Games Competition & Events
Junior athletes will participate from any location that supports safe physical distancing. There is a male and female division for each of the events, with no limit on the number of events an athlete may compete in. The traditional Native contests in which Junior athletes may compete include the following:
- Alaskan High Kick
- Two-foot High Kick
- One-foot High Kick
- Scissor Broad Jump
- Kneel Jump
- Seal Hop
- Wrist Carry
Jr. Male & Female divisions for each competitive event:
- 1st & 2nd Graders
- 3rd & 4th Graders
- 5th & 6th Graders
Gold, silver, bronze medals will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners in each event for both boys and girls.
Jr. Games Live Award Ceremony dates:
- Alaskan High Kick & Kneel Jump: Feb. 12
- Two-foot High Kick & Seal Hop: Feb. 26
- One-foot High Kick & Scissor Broad Jump & Wrist Carry: March 16
Stay connected to all the action for both Junior and Senior Games here.